My oldest son is getting married in a week and while out shopping for a few last minute things for the wedding, my husband decided I needed to share a few of the tips I used during our trip. As a wife and mother of three, you quickly learn to stretch a dollar every chance you get. Our mission on this day was for my husband to get a suit for the wedding, I really wanted to find a pair of black boots, and of course we needed to get gas before heading back home. Saving money is always on my mind so here’s a look at our day.
Shopping for Men’s Suits
I have to admit that I’m not well versed in shopping for men’s suits, so this was definitely new ground for me. My first mission was to go to the store’s websites and quickly sign up for their email newsletters. We planned on looking at about three different stores so I logged onto my computer and became a member of their email list. Read More…
If you have a Capital One credit card, you may have recently received a contract update in the mail. Most people don’t really take the time to read these things, but after you read this, you may want to dig it out of the trash. Normally when you owe a debt the creditor has a right to make efforts to collect what you owe them, but Capital One may be taking this thing too far.
Can you imagine, you clock in at the office, and at some point the boss says that there is someone there to see you. You are thinking that maybe it is a family member, and something is wrong. You step into the office to find a representative from Capital One, and they are asking for their payment. Hard to imagine, but this is the information that Capital One has added to the contract update. You could also be sitting on your porch sipping lemonade with your neighbor, and a person comes up to your porch and says they are from Capital One and would like you to make your payment. Read More…
There are several ways to raise your credit score, and if you implement some of these simple tips, you can watch your score go from average to good rather quickly. Not everything on your credit report weighs equally on your score. Having a good score on your credit report can save you thousands of dollars in interest rates over the course of your life, so if want to raise your credit score, follow these easy rules.
2 Most Important Ways to Raise your Credit Score
When you are looking to raise your credit score, there are two factors that weigh most heavily. The first factor is payment history, in other words, the way you pay back your creditors. Did you know that even one late payment can cost you over 50 points on your credit score? If you are a person who frequently forgets to pay your bill on time, you may want to opt in to auto pay and have at least your minimum payment automatically draft from your bank account each month. This tip alone can save you from losing costly points each and every month. The second largest factor that affects your credit score is credit utilization ratio. For example, if you have a credit card with a $5000 limit, you should never carry a balance of over $500. Rule of thumb should be never use over 10% of your available credit per account, per month. Read More…
I am not a big fan of frivolous lawsuits, but it is about time that someone point the finger at credit reporting agencies, and make them more accountable. Errors on your credit report can make obtaining loans, credit cards and even employment difficult, if not impossible. An Oregon woman won an important battle in the war,after finding discrepancies on her credit report, and contacting the reporting agencies to correct the information, after two years Equifax still had not changed the incorrect information. She was awarded 18.4 million dollars for punitive damages. It is my hope that this will begin reform in the credit reporting system.
Mistakes on Your Credit Report
Have you checked your credit report this year? If the answer is no, you need to right away. You can visit www.annualcreditreport.com, and get a free copy of your credit report from all three of the major credit reporting agencies. You need to order and print these reports, and go over them with a fine toothed comb. Start with the basics, check the spelling of your name, the accuracy of your address history, birth date, social security number and employment history. If you find issues with any of this basic information, it should raise a red flag, and you need to contact the agency reporting the incorrect information immediately! Next, check on all of the accounts reported and make sure that their information is correct. It is important to not only contact the agencies to correct this information, but FOLLOW UP to be sure the corrections are made. Read More…
With Summer approaching, many of us get the itch to get out and enjoy summer time activities. One of the first things to consider is the number of things you and your family want to do this Summer, and how you can make the most of your entertainment dollars. Set a budget for the season, and start making a list of the things you want to do and see. Don’t skimp on the list, even if the idea seems too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised how easy you can come up with a less expensive alternative.
Sometimes the best places my family and I have visited have been right in our own backyard. Well, not literally, but we tend to not pay attention to our own local attractions. Here in Western NY, we have beautiful lakes, camp grounds, amusement parks, and seasonal festivals too numerous to mention. When you stay local you can certainly save money on transportation cost which can be a large chunk of your budget. Your list may include things you don’t have locally, like maybe you want to go to Sea World, but the cost and distance of the trip puts that out of reach. Consider your closest zoo, a cost effective alternative to a theme park that would be a fun day trip, at a significant cost reduction.
Try Something New
Go to your local rest stop and pick up some pamphlets of the activities in your local area and do something you have never done before. In our area we have local wineries and I have always wanted to do a wine tasting tour. Low cost, and something I have never done before. We also have a local celebrity, Lucille Ball. We have a museum, and I have never been to it, even though I see tourists go into it every day! What is your area famous for? You may stumble across a real gem!
Just Do It!
The Summer season is short and before you know it, the parks and seasonal activities will pass you by. Stick to your budget, make your list, and try something new!
Happy Trails~Pay Off Your Debt